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Shared experiences create deep friendships and camp is an ideal environment for kids to spend dedicated time together. According to this Boston Globe article, camp "develops independence, interdependence and resilience in a setting with controlled risks." On top of being a great place to grow in those areas, the camp setting provides unmatched opportunities to be unplugged, off a screen and connected to peers. "'For many kids and staff, [camp] is the first time they learn really how to have friendships that are not digital reliant,' says Marcy Kornreich, co-director of Camp Young Judaea in Amherst, New Hampshire. 'They have to look people in the eyes, have conversations, and take account of other people's feelings and thoughts.'"